Job Searching

Handshake (Ram Recruiter) is a job search management tool that can help you in all phases of your job search: from identifying employers of interest, to seeing job listings which match your goal, to finding people with whom to network, to managing your job search campaign.

Job Search Resources

You can use Handshake to research both for profit and non-profit employers you wish to contact for jobs by type of employer and geographic area; you can use your target list of employers to search for Suffolk graduates who may work for those employers; and you can conduct an email campaign to targeted employers of interest.

For example, if you are interested in working in advertising, you can specify such things as the geographic area you wish to work in, or the size of the employer you wish to target, and Handshake (Ram Recruiter) will provide a comprehensive list of employers who meet your criteria, along with contact names, information, and job listings. All you need to do to register is to sign up using your email. Alumni without a email address can sign up using a different email address. However, it will take up to 24 hours to process.  

Job Search Networking Groups

Name Location
Boston Career Link Boston, MA
MASSHire  Cape & Islands
Woburn, MA
Boston Area
The Financial Executives Networking Group
Boston Area
The Monday Network
Needham, MA
NH Works
Nashua, NH, Public Library
BNI Nutfield Networkers
Londonderry, NH
Operation of A.B.L.E (for job seekers aged 45 and older)
WIND Networking (oldest continuous running networking group in Massachusetts)
Cambridge, Foxboro, Westboro, Wilmington, MA and Portsmouth, NH

Job Search Strategies

Hone your message to employers – be mindful of the language (buzz words) of the industry.

One targeted to your primary career interest and a more generic version that can serve additional purposes.

Including LinkedIn, industry and professional association websites, experience (hyperlink), networking, employment agencies, job search support groups

Break out of your comfort zone—meet people, be visible in your field, ask for help and advice, initiate and follow-up

Ask family, friends, colleagues, faculty, administrators, alumni, affinity groups – for referrals to people in your field. Arrange face-face meetings and leave each on with a referral, a new resource, a job lead, and/or advice. Keep in touch with your network.

Seek out the ones most relevant to you and prepare—employers are prescreening for candidates whom they may want to interview later. Be sure to follow up.

Target employers you have an interest in and send a cover letter and resume to the hiring manager or a relevant contact.

Enhance your skills and build your network through part-time, freelance, or temporary work or through internships in your field. Pursue training opportunities to develop and add skills.

Expect a 3-6 month campaign. Be prepared to speak succinctly and enthusiastically about your chosen career path. Always follow up. Stay focused, determined, and committed.

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Employment Lists by Area of Interest

These sites provide information and resources that may be helpful to individuals including African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American (AHANA) and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) members of the University community.

Other Resources

These sites are specific to a certain geographic area. They may include job listings within a certain state, within a state government, housing information, companies located within a certain area, etc.

Buzzfile’s powerful search engine allows students to research thousands of potential employers and discover employment opportunities that are not otherwise publicized. With comprehensive information covering over 150 majors, 18,000 industries, and 18 million companies, our database has unparalleled information about employers.

GoinGlobal career and employment resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on topics such as: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice…and much more!

Students and alumni who are off-campus or abroad should access GoinGlobal at My Suffolk.

Highlights of GoinGlobal

  • Country Career Guides
    Packed with country-specific career information, this research tool provides advice and tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad including industry and employment trends, work permit and visa information, resume and interview guidelines and cultural advice.
  • USA City Career Guides
    Explore career and employment opportunities with resources that include: business and networking groups, job search resources, cost of living data and more.
  • H-1B Visa Employers
    The H-1B visa is the most common non-immigrant category for university graduates who wish to work in the US in their field. The H-1B visa permits US employers to hire foreign employees who have at least a four year university degree (or equivalent work experience) and will work in their field of study or a closely related field in a "specialty occupation."
  • Key Employer Directory
    Access country-specific company profiles in industries such as consulting services, finance and technology, manufacturing, transportation, consumer goods and more!

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